IHF Awards

Annual event recognizing excellent projects, programmes, and initiatives in hospitals and health service providers across the globe.

The entry process is easy and straightforward. The deadline for entries is now extended to 3 May, so don't delay – start your entries today.

Call for entries extended to 3 May 2024

Highlight your outstanding projects, programmes and services for a chance to be recognized on a global stage.

Recognizing excellence in healthcare

Launched in 2015, the IHF Awards honour excellence in hospitals and healthcare organizations around the world. The winners of the IHF Awards 2024 will be announced during a special Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 11 September at the 47th IHF World Hospital Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Plan your submissions by reading more about the 2023 winners.

For inquiries, please send an email to awards@ihf-fih.org. To know if your organization is a member of the IHF, check out our community of members.

Award categories

  • Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Hospital Award

    The Grand Hospital Award is the highest honour for an individual hospital within the IHF. This award is open to IHF Members and their member hospitals. The successful hospital nominee will demonstrate excellence in each of the five dimensions of healthcare delivery:

    • Quality and safety
    • Patient experience
    • Cost efficiency
    • Workforce wellbeing
    • Health equity and access

    The recipient of this distinguished award will demonstrate outstanding performance and achievement in each of these dimensions. The hospital nominee will need to show how their hospital’s vision and operation have created a culture of excellence and should give evidence of clear, measurable examples of success.

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  • Dr Prathap C Reddy Excellence Award for Clinical Quality and Patient Safety

    This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals, and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in advancing clinical quality. The nominated clinical project, programme, or service will demonstrate measurable evidence of success in improving clinical care. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Developing and promoting new or improved services or models of care with quality and patient safety as a core objective and with measurable evidence of success;
    • Building a workplace culture of patient safety at all organizational levels;
    • Enhancing workforce education on the importance of patient engagement and empowerment;
    • Improving quality of care for underserved or at-risk patient populations;
    • Improving the application of quality and patient safety principles to reduce preventable infections, medication, and procedural errors.

    The recipient of this award will demonstrate an innovative clinical project, programme, or service with measurable evidence of success in enhancing clinical care.

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  • American Hospital Association Excellence Award for Healthcare Workers’ Wellbeing

    This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals, and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in ensuring the wellbeing of healthcare workers through innovative projects, programmes, or services. Achievements should be measurable and can be in the areas of staff recruitment, retention, engagement, and workplace environment. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Taking an active, creative, and innovative role in retaining staff;
    • Ensuring a high level of staff engagement and job satisfaction for clinical and administrative workers;
    • Demonstrating success in interventions which support staff wellbeing and combat staff burnout;
    • Promoting the physical and mental health of healthcare workers.

    The recipient of this award will demonstrate their commitment to, and success in, promoting the wellbeing of healthcare workers through innovative and impactful initiatives.

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  • Mastercard Award for Hospital Operational Excellence

    This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals or hospital systems who demonstrate measurable success in operational outcomes and efficiencies. The nominations will be a project, programme, or service. Measures could include productivity, financial sustainability, increased access, improved patient satisfaction and engagement, employee satisfaction, and reduced employee turnover. A measurable and sustained track record is required. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Adapting transformational technologies improving patient flow and results;
    • Advancing value-based healthcare demonstrating improved quality and safety of healthcare, while maintaining or reducing costs;
    • Implementing new strategies to achieve higher workforce satisfaction, such as demonstrating frontline staff empowerment to identify and solve problems using continuous improvement techniques and data driven decision-making;
    • Streamlining processes and eliminating waste and variation across care pathways, from admission to discharge and beyond, encouraging coordination and integration of care;
    • Optimizing use of data to drive results, and/or improving cyber and digital security for hospital data.

    The recipient of this award will demonstrate measurable success in operational outcomes and efficiencies through projects, programmes, or services.

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  • American College of Healthcare Executives Excellence Award for Leadership and Management

    This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals, and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in leadership and management. The nomination would be a project, programme or service which demonstrates success in leadership and management. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Strengthening governance mechanisms, enabling all staff to be heard by senior leadership;
    • Creating a culture that fosters clinical and non-clinical staff engagement and strengthens collaboration;
    • Achieving major breakthroughs in innovative care delivery;
    • Demonstrating improvements in patient-reported outcomes and patient experience.

    The recipient of this award will demonstrate the impact of their projects or programmes, and how their leadership and management practices have contributed to positive outcomes.

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  • Ashikaga-Nikken Excellence Award for Low-Carbon Healthcare

    This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals, and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in promoting low-carbon healthcare initiatives. This award will recognize hospitals that have made the most demonstrable progress in the last 12–18 months in key areas of sustainability strategy and implementation. Examples include:

    • Reducing the environmental footprint of the hospital and ecosystem by optimizing the use of environmental resources;
    • Building resilience to climate change impacts;
    • Transforming to low-carbon care through operational services, processes and clinical practice;
    • Engaging the staff to drive a culture of sustainability.

    The recipient of this award will demonstrate a comprehensive and impactful approach to sustainable healthcare, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions, enhancing environmental responsibility, and contributing positively to the wellbeing of both the community and the environment.

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  • Seddiqi Holding Excellence Award for Social and Environmental Responsibility

    This award is open to IHF Members, their member hospitals, and health service providers who demonstrate excellence or outstanding achievements in advancing social and environmental responsibility. The nominated programme will be implemented at organizational level (i.e. not in isolation in a unit or department). The programme will clearly demonstrate measurable impact in the three key areas of organizational sustainability strategy and delivery.

    • Leadership and governance: efforts to ensure structures and practices are in place to promote leadership accountability and reporting, sustain the programme, engage and empower employees to act on responsibility issues, and act collaboratively across communities and with relevant stakeholders.
    • Health, equity, and wellbeing: efforts to assess the vulnerabilities in communities to better target services, increase access to universal health coverage, deliver health and prevention services in an equity-based way that support mental and physical wellbeing, prevent ill health, and positively influence environmental and social determinants of health.
    • Environmental impact: efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of an organization and ecosystem, build resilience to climate change impacts, and to transition to low-carbon care through operational services and clinical practice.

    The recipient of this award will demonstrate an innovative programme with measurable impact in the three key areas of organizational sustainability strategy and delivery.

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Benefits for award winners include:

Eligibility and entry rules

  • Hospitals and healthcare service providers (government, public or private) which are current members of the IHF are eligible for the IHF Awards.
  • Consultancy companies and vendors are not eligible to submit entries.
  • Nominations for the Excellence Awards must be recent projects, programmes, or services and can only be submitted in one category.
  • For the Grand Hospital Award, the nominees are hospitals.
  • All information including the supporting documents, must be submitted in English.
  • All entries need the endorsement of the organization’s CEO, President, Hospital Director or Chairperson of the Governing Board. Download the template here.

Judging process 

The IHF Award nominees will be assessed by a panel of experienced global healthcare leaders serving on the IHF Awards Committee. Members of the Committee will use their expertise and knowledge of the healthcare industry to score each entry on its merits, using the following criteria:

Criteria for Excellence Awards

  • Projects, programmes, or services should be creative and innovative, and designed to meet a specific need.
  • The project, programme, or service must be able to provide evidence of its impact with a focus on quality, efficiency, health outcomes, and sustainability.
  • The project, programme, or service should demonstrate potential for adaptability and scalability to national, regional or global level.
  • The project, programme, or service design and outcome measures should demonstrate scientific rigor.
  • The presentation and vision of the project, programme, or service should be summarized clearly and succinctly.

Criteria for the Grand Hospital Award

  • Demonstrated success in the five dimensions of health service quality, patient experience, clinical outcomes and health equity, cost efficiency, and workforce wellbeing.
  • Capacity of the hospital to sustain its success.
  • Clarity of the presentation.

Award sponsors

Discover the winners of the IHF Awards 2023

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as honourable mentions to other exceptional entries in each category were presented at the IHF Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 26 October 2023.